Materialise, a leader in 3D printing software solutions and services, has announced seven technology partners to its CO-AM platform.
These solutions are useful for designing and pre-printing automation. They also allow printing, post processing, and traceability. CO-AM now includes Materialise Magics, which offers a new workflow automation feature. Bart van der Schueren, CTO of Materialise said, “With these new partnerships, the CO-AM community continues to grow, creating the first end-to-end software platform that offers an open ecosystem for the additive manufacturing (AM) industry.”
“Collaboration is key to realizing the potential of additive manufacturing and to giving our customers seamless access to a full range of software tools to plan, manage and optimize every step of their 3D printing process,” added the CTO of Materialise.
CO-AM platform partners
Materialise CO – AM platform gives the AM industry and manufacturing companies room for development and co-development. This open-source software architecture gives manufacturers instant access to different hardware technologies as well as their preferred tools from Materialise, and other software development companies. This will enable the CO-AM to work with other software developers on end-to-end manufacturing solutions, which will help companies gain a competitive edge and empower whole industries.
Consumers in major manufacturing industries such as aerospace, automotive, consumer, medical, and energy will have access to the platform’s newest AM innovations and will be capable of seamlessly incorporating and connecting them.
Twikit will offer mass customization solutions that include design automation and automatic order creation. Trinckle will provide design automation for jigs, fixtures and jigs. Printer Connectivity with SLM Solutions‘ 3D printers facilitates digital traceability via automated labeling and authentication technology, whereas Additive Marking enables digital traceability via automated labeling and authentication technology. AMT, DyeMansion, or PostProcess can be used to automate or track post-processing tasks.
In order to create customized or identical products, manufacturing companies are increasingly turning to additive manufacturing. However, they are still looking for ways to achieve repetitive quality standards and minimize human input. Materialise has added seven new partners to its commitment of optimizing all stages of the AM processes. With the new solutions, design, labeling, machine monitoring and post-processing can all be automated.
Users can create their own process with the CO-AM platform. You can choose the solution that suits you best from a growing list of tools available to help with each step of the AM workflow.
“End-to-end connectivity in CO-AM offers significant advantages for our partners and our customers,” said Vishal Singh, Senior Director of CO-AM. “For our partners, connecting their applications to the CO-AM platform provides them with opportunities to reach new customers more efficiently. Our customers benefit from a unified user experience throughout Materialise and partner solutions.”
CO-AM Integration and Workflow Automation with Magics 26
Magics 26, Materialise’s flagship data and build preparation software, has also been integrated into CO-AM. The integration allows users to track and improve AM processes, from data preparation to design iterations through to the final printed part. This increases traceability.
Furthermore, Magics’ new workflow automation feature provides off-the-shelf scripts for automating common build preparation workflows as well as the ability for consumers to utilize customizable scripts to automate build preparation tasks specific to their AM operations.
“The deep integration and workflow automation feature of Magics in CO-AM creates a digital thread between data and build preparation and the overall AM workflow,” said Egwin Bovyn, the product line manager of Magics 3D Print Suite at Materialise. “This is an important step to enable data management across all technologies within CO-AM. It will allow users to reduce production costs and scale AM operations more efficiently.”
Platforms for additive manufacturing
This year PostProcess Technologies is a developer and provider of automated post-processing software. Enable Manufacturing, an industrial 3D printer service, launched 3D printing software platforms. This platform will allow for additive manufacturing and post-processing to reach new heights. PostProcess released its CONNECT3D platform. This new addition to the hardware, chemicals, and software stack aims at filling long gaps in post-printing. Enable has created EnableChain, a custom software package that automates and accelerates the delivery of metal parts made using its Additive Casting technology.
Siemens Energy, a technology company, joined forces with ZEISS, a metrology device manufacturer, to launch MakerVerse. This platform is a one stop shop for all things 3D printing. The platform connects industrial clients to a global network of 3D printing suppliers for projects that require the creation of prototypes or the production of spare parts.
3D Printing Industry interviewed MakerVerse CEO Markus Seibold. He stated that MakerVerse fills a niche in the market for additive manufacturing of industrial quality with part quality at its core. This article shares Seibold’s vision for MakerVerse and its role in helping industrial 3D printers become more popular.
“What sets us apart, I believe, is the fact that there is still not a fully established player in this market that can combine the advantages of a one-stop-shop digital platform with fully being able to support the needs and requirements of industrial-grade customers,” Seibold says.
Elsewhere, Dassault Systèmes, a software developer, launched Xometry, a marketplace for on-demand manufacturing, as the first “prime partner” in Dassault’s MAKE marketplace.
MAKE marketplace was launched in 2018 and connects designers to service bureaus and machine shops. Xometry was among the early partners. Users have access to additive manufacturing, CNC milling and injection molding.
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Feature image shows Materialise CO-AM platform partners. Image via Materialise.